It is a sick sad world that we live in that a woman still can’t catch a break.
40 years after Roe vs. Wade the government is still trying to regulate reproductive rights, mostly in the name of religion and a God given right to be self righteous. According to AmericanProgress.org, in 2010 women who worked full time still only earned 77 percent of what men earned. And here comes the kicker, somehow Fifty Shades of Grey is supposed to be some kind of treat for you to enjoy while you are subjected to this culture of injustice.
Look alive ladies!
American culture has basically created industry after industry based on misconceptions of the female form.
Hey ladies, while you are and have always been considered historically inferior to men, advances in science and cosmetic products have presented several opportunities to mask your flaws to better provide you with the perfection you and your partner deserve. You can’t be loved if you don’t look like you’re worth loving.
So how does the expression of that oppression manifest itself in our popular culture?
Before celebs were 40 million twitter followers strong, they still had some shred of dignity and privacy left. 2006 was the dark ages for social media but news outlets were well on their way to the bullying subculture that has become reporting slash gossip mongering.
News outlets like TMZ and E! were offered unfettered access to celebrities thanks to photographers and paparazzi eager to make a not so honest buck. Pictures of celebrities without makeup quickly became celebrities without panties. Websites began posting NSFW photos offering a glimpse into crotch after celebrity crotch giving us a tour of the waxed vaginas of the stars. Everyone went down the vagina shaped rabbit hole and then there was nothing left to hide.
Perez Hilton in his infinite wisdom once told ABC News there was still hope for modesty.
“I think some people are still modest and respectful. There’s a reason we’ve never seen Jessica Simpson’s bits and pieces,” Hilton said. “Amanda Bynes, Scarlett Johansson. There are girls who keep their private lives private and their private parts private,” he said.
Hilton has gone on to make a name for himself chronicling the exploits of said females modest and not so modest for over a decade mainly focusing on their missteps and misfortunes. Taking cheap shots at women in Hollywood became chic and little by little it became commonplace to give up every bit of your privacy.
If there are no taboos then no standards can exist for what is appropriate.
There is no desire for a tease or foreplay just a demand to expose yourself. Prying minds turned into prying eyes and then the clothes started coming off, everyone went nude for magazine spreads, album covers, and music videos. Jailbait photo shoots and sex tapes of the stars blurred the lines of what was once off limits.
I imagine it is hard to say no if everyone else is saying yes.
More women being famously forced into a compromising position to further their success as an artist or actress. But I won’t portray these women as the eternal victim especially if you consider the number of times someone said yes instead of saying no, I won’t or can’t do that. Or being pressured by those who are supposed to be responsible for them, managers, assistants, and friends who should have said it was okay to say no.
The point I’m trying to make is that I agree with Lilly Allen, it’s hard out here for a bitch.
Allen has definitely had her fair share of successes and skewering from the press and fans alike and on Tuesday she released her first original single in four years, Hard Out Here. A comeback is no easy feat but Allen has come out guns blazing with a hot button single that already has the internet enraged.
Apparently there isn’t anything worse than being a feminist except for being outspoken and clever. So the appropriate response for a female trying to stand up and speak out against discrimination should definitely be to accuse her of racism and the exploitation of women, right?
I can’t remember the last time I heard a pop star sing a song about the glass ceiling and sexism in the industry. This is not a conversation anyone is willing to have. Rolling Stone and E! News would much rather ask you about your sex life or your sexuality in attempt to incite controversy with a scandal.
Guess what, that’s none of their fucking business.
An artist is responsible for promoting music not their sex or some unrealistic image of perfection.
All these “artists” begging for attention and Lily Allen steps out on a limb to make a statement and the genderists (1. genderist: a person that discriminates or is prejudice based on gender.) start lining up to tear her down. Her art only becomes more relevant when everything she is singing about rings true.
The video for her try and not dance to this single is just as brilliant as the song itself featuring a trip to the plastic surgeon, twerking, and a baggy pussy. Sounds just like a day in the life of a pop star to me.
You can swing words like cultural appropriation around all you want at Allen but the only person she’s really making fun of is herself. Oh and also the hypocrisy of video vixens and materialism in music videos which by the way isn’t exclusive to hip hop videos or any specific genre of music.
I hope when all the dust settles Hard Out Here will bring solidarity among her contemporaries instead of being another opportunity for trash talking and one upping. I can’t be the only one who sees there are already plenty of people bringing you down, why not make a conscious decision to lift each other up?